Anne Berest, author of "The Postcard," Joins Pat's Book Club for a Virtual Discussion

Event date: 

Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 10:00am

Event address: 

276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563-2504
The Postcard cover
Anne Berest

Anne Berest’s The Postcard is among the most acclaimed and beloved French novels of recent years. It is at once a gripping investigation into family trauma, a poignant tale of mothers and daughters, and a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life.

January, 2003. Together with the usual holiday cards, an anonymous postcard is delivered to the Berest family home. On the front, a photo of the Opéra Garnier in Paris. On the back, the names of Anne Berest’s maternal great-grandparents, Ephraïm and Emma, and their children, Noémie and Jacques—all killed at Auschwitz.

Years after the postcard is delivered, the heroine of this novel is moved to discover who sent it and why. What emerges is a moving saga of a family devastated by the travails of the twentieth century and partly restored through the power of storytelling.

Anne will be joining us from her home in Paris for a discussion of The Postcard, her first novel to appear in English. The Postcard (Europa, 2023), was a national indie bestseller, a Library Journal, NPR, and TIME Best Book of the Year, a Vogue Most Anticipated Book of the Year, and a finalist for the Goncourt Prize in France. It was described as "stunning" by Leslie Camhi in The New Yorker, as a "powerful literary work" by Julie Orringer in The New York Times Book Review, and as "intimate, profound, essential" in the pages of ELLE magazine. 

Pat's Book Club meets at Orinda Books on the 1st Thursday of the month and welcomes new members.

Phone the store at 925-254-7606 for more information.


The Postcard By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator) Cover Image
By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator)
ISBN: 9798889660354
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - May 7th, 2024